Manfred Stakes

It all started for the Manfred Stakes in 1969 when Anvil saluted at Caulfield.

Since then, the Manfred Stakes has developed into a popular group 3 race over 1200m for three-year-olds run in February, at the same course it all began at.

It is run under set weight and penalty conditions and has a purse of AUD $150,000, making it a race trainers and jockeys are desperate to compete in.

The 2017 Manfred Stakes will be run at Caulfield race course on Saturday, February 4, with it set to jump at 4.05pm AEST.

The 2016 Manfred Stakes was won by Puritan with Golden Spin and Ready For Victory rounding out the placings.

How to bet on the Manfred Stakes

All Australian online bookmakers featuring horse racing will have Caulfield races available to bet on. This means the Manfred Stakes can be wagered upon as soon as acceptances are in. Like most group 3 races the Manfred Stakes does not have an all-in or futures market weeks out from the race.

If you are overseas many of the big corporate bookies based out of the UK such as Bet365 have extensive Australian markets, so you won’t have any trouble finding a good bookie to bet with. USA punters can use one of the Bovada brands to wager on Australian horse racing. The following bookies come recommended by the team at Horsebetting.com.au:

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2017 Manfred Stakes result

1st – Legless Veuve – $17.30
2nd – Into Orbit – $2.60
3rd – Hey Doc – $1.80

Quinella – $60.10
Trifecta – $553.80
First Four – $2512.10

Recent runnings of the Manfred Stakes:

2017: Legless Veuve wasn’t fancied by punters leading into the race, but the only filly of the field gave the boys a lesson. The Stuart Webb-trained daughter of Pins sat outside the speed which was set by Into Orbit before pulling away in the straight. It defeated the likes of Hey Doc, Morton’s Fork and the well-backed Derryn. The three-year-old paid $17.30 for the win, despite winning some good form races last preparation.

2016: Mornington trainer Jason Warren’s three year old Puritan marked itself as a horse of the future, defeating a field of promising colts and geldings. Paying $21, Puritan defeated pre-race favourite Golden Spin ($2.60) and Read For Victory, which paid $9. Nick Hall rode the victorious horse.

2015: It was the Freedman family taking the chocolates this year, with champion hoop Damien Oliver steering Java to the title. It was the Freedman’s first big win since teaming up under the same banner. Java had previously won three successive races in a lower grade and his fitness showed, beating home Sandown Guineas winner Petrology with Affirmation third.

2014: Bull Point was too good for Gai Waterhouse and jockey Damien Oliver over the 1200m journey. After jumping perfectly and settling into a nice position, Bull Point drew level with the leader Worth A Ransom at the 200m metre mark, before kicking away to win by just over a length. Worth A Ransom and The Quarterback filled out the minor placings.

2013: Mirage, or Royal Haunt as the horse was racing as in 2013, proved too strong despite an atrocious record of getting out of the barriers cleanly. Jockey Luke Nolen rode it superbly as he worked through the field before easing to a four length victory. The Hard Spun gelding was trained by Peter Moody and was to go on and race in Hong Kong. Greg Eurell-trained pair Force Command and Hosting finished second and third.

2012: Favourite and top weight Mosheen proved too strong with almost a two length victory for jockey Danny Nikolic and trainer Robert Smerdon. It was Mosheen’s first race since wining the Crown Oaks with the 1200m victory in the return to the track coming as somewhat of a surprise given the horse is better over the mile. That’s The One and Highly Recommended rounded out the placings.

Honour roll

2017 – Legless Veuve

2016 – Puritan

2015 – Java

2014 – Bull Point

2013 – Mirage

2012 – Mosheen

2011 – Enjin Number Nine

2010 – Denman

2009 – Nicconi

2008 – Turffontein

2007 – Haradasun

2006 – Thin And Crispy

2005 – Niconero

2004 – Keep The Faith

2003 – Conspectus

2002 – Don Eduardo

2001 – Academy Dancer

2000 – Freemason

1999 – Market Price

1998 – Prince Standaan

1997 – Catainer

1996 – Eureka Jewel

1995 – Danasinga

1994 – Tristalove

1993 – Restitution

1992 – Dark Ksar

1991 – Beachside

1990 – Academian

1989 – Painted Ocean

1988 – Century Judge

1987 – Groucho

1986 – Khamacruz

1985 – Noble Peer

1984 – Pride Of Kellina

1983 – To The Wind

1982 – Getting Closer

1981 – Real Force

1980 – Polo Player

1979 – Fralo

1978 – Taskwin

1977 – Super Scope

1976 – Zintoba/Silver Shaft

1975 – Kenmark

1974 – Bush Win

1973 – Flying Gem / Gala Supreme

1972 – Andros / Downland

1971 – Pilgarlic

1970 – Long Brandy

1969 – Gay Bachelor

1968 – Anvil

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